Obadiah: Speaking to Neighboring Nations

Obadiah is one of the few prophets that speak entirely to a nation other than Israel. Although God’s people often turn from Him, they are still His Chosen People. Like a loving Father, though He may discipline and rebuke His children when they do wrong, He will always protect them and will deal with those who mistreat them. This is the case with Edom, a nation that was related to the Israelites. They were descendants of Esau, Jacob’s brother. As Israel was going through hard times (many were taken captive to Babylon), instead of Edom helping their relatives they gloated and often attacked and looted their homes. God does not look kindly on those who mistreat His people and they will suffer the consequences. Even though Obadiah was speaking specifically to the Edomites, it may be something to take note for other nations and peoples as well.

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Minor Prophets: Hosea

God is always reaching out to His people to come to Him

I always wondered why they call the prophets at the end of the Old Testament “minor prophets.”  Maybe just because the book is smaller.They seem to be less known so let’s try to get know know them a little bit.  Hosea’s ministry was at a time when Israel was divided; Israel (The Northern Kingdom) and Judah to the south were two separate entities.  During Hosea’s time, both were living in relative prosperity but have turned away from God and toward idols and their own evil desires.  They trusted in themselves and others more than God.  Sound familiar? Continue reading “Minor Prophets: Hosea”